10 Must Follow Podcasts for Game Changing Entrepreneurs

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Looking for some extra motivation? Or maybe you just want to learn about a new business or skill? Podcasts allow the listener a front row seat with some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, where they share their valuable insights, successes, failures, and personal journeys with you, the audience. I know what you’re thinking, podcasts? Aren’t those the radio shows that first came out on iPod’s? Yes and no.

Podcasts have evolved into a mainstream media form since the original launch of the iPod in 2001, with the amount of  Americans that have listened to a podcast in a month doubling from 9% in 2008 to 17% in 2015. Also, 33% of Americans, ages 12+, have reported listening to a podcast in the last year. The audience of eager and ready listeners keeps growing, and entrepreneurs have taken notice.

Podcasts are a great way to connect with and grow your audience. The 15 minutes-1 hour are set up to be a personal conversation with the podcaster, the audience, and the guest on the show (if there is one). The audience has the opportunity to get an inside view on the entrepreneur’s life and to gain some valuable knowledge from their content, and the best part…it’s all FREE for the listener!

Over the last couple of years, I have followed quite a few podcasters as I have made my journey from Corporate America to location independent entrepreneur and I would like to share those who have made the greatest impact on my journey.

*If you don’t have an Apple device, you can still listen to the podcasts by downloading the free Stitcher Radio App on Google Play.*

1.) Entrepreneur on Fire – John Lee Dumas

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Courtesy of: seriousstartups.com

John Lee Dumas is the OG of Entrepreneur Podcasters. He releases an inspiring interview with an entrepreneur 7 days a week. With 3+ years of consistent material, John has now amassed 1,264 interviews as of today. What I like about EOfire is the consistent release of podcasts on a daily basis and a set interview script, you know what you are going to get and when you are going to get it. The first question John asks is about the guest’s biggest failure and how they learned from it. He then gets into their Ah-Ha moment when the lightbulb went off in their head from their great entrepreneurial endeavor. He then finishes the interview with the Lightning Round, a series of rapid fire questions with plenty of value bombs. If you’re serious about entrepreneurship, subscribe to John’s daily podcast.

2.) The #AskGaryVee Show – Gary Vaynerchuk

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One of the largest and loudest names in the social media space, Gary Vay-ner-chuk has been hustling and grinding since he was a kid. When he was a young adult, we took his dad’s liquor business from $3M to $60M in just 5 years, and has since successfully scaled a digital media agency to $100M+ in revenue. Although an acquired taste in personality, Gary Vee is consistently right about the next big social media plays, and he loves to tell you he was right. He believes in building businesses through long-term strategies and has aspirations of one day being the owner of the New York Jets, which I have no doubt will become a reality with how hard this guy works, as seen from his Snapchat (which he believes is HUGE opportunity right now). The podcasts are released every couple of days on iTunes and are also available in video format on his YouTube channel. He has also released numerous best-selling books such as “Crush It,” “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook,” “The Thank You Economy,” and his newest release is based on his popular show “Ask Gary Vee.”

3.) The Tim Ferriss Show – Tim Ferriss

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Courtesy of: fourhourworkweek.com

Tim may not have been the first one to hack location independent lifestyle businesses, but he sure as hell put it on the map with his #1 Bestseller “The Four Hour Work Week.” Released in 2009, Tim preached how to join the new rich by leaving your 9-5 day job, living anywhere in the world, and running your own online based business. From there, Tim launched into internet stardom and has had the opportunity to invest in startups like: Uber, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Shopify, Alibaba, and more. Now, with three #1 New York Times best-sellers under his belt, and more than 2M+ monthly readers on his blog, Tim has decided to compliment his content by releasing a regular podcast. Because of his notoriety as an entrepreneur, Tim is able to bring on superstar guests like Daymond John (Shark Tank), Chris Sacca (All-star Venture Capitalist), Edward Norton (Actor), Jamie Foxx (Actor/Singer), Rick Rubin (Record Producer), Andrew Zimmern (TV Personality/Chef), and many more. The podcasts are always interesting and educational, no matter who the guest is, or if it is just Tim talking by himself. Definitely worth subscribing to.

4.) The Smart Passive Income Podcast – Pat Flynn

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Courtesy of: smartpassiveincome.com

What started out as a blogging hobby, Pat Flynn quickly took his website SmartPassiveIncome.com to one of the leading authority websites on creating passive income through internet based businesses. On his podcast, Pat and guests, run through different tips, tricks, and strategies to take your business idea from a mere thought to fruition. With more than 200 episodes, and guests like Michael Hyatt (Author & Leadership Speaker), Ramit Sethi (Personal Finance Entrepreneur), and Chalene Johnson (Physcial Fitness Authority), Pat has established himself as the guru of passive income, allowing him to support his family and live a life of freedom on the six figure salary he has generated by implementing his preachings. After establishing his brand, Pat recently released a book titles “Will It Fly?,” where he helps guide his readers through the difficult task of taking a business from an idea to an actually reality by running it through a variety of tests that will save them both time and money in the long run.

5.) The School of Greatness – Lewis Howes

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Courtesy of: attitudes4innovation.com

After a football injury derailed his dreams of becoming a professional athlete, Lewis Howes set out on a journey to find out the driving factor behind all successful people and what made them truly Great. On his show, he interviews the most brilliant minds in business, professional athletes, world famous celebrities, and social influencers, to find out what makes them different than the majority of the world’s population and what makes them so Great at what they do. The podcast is centered around self-help and improvement, which is great for those early morning commutes when you are just not feeling motivated about what the day has in store for you. After diving into Lewis’ library of interviews, I highly recommend snagging a copy of his new book that he poured his heart and soul into, named after his podcast, “The School of Greatness.” The book is a real world guide to living bigger, loving deeper, and leaving a legacy behind, a testament to his life’s work.

6.) The Side Hustle Show – Nick Loper

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With the slogan, “Because your 9 to 5 may make you a living, but your 5-9 makes you alive,” Nick Loper is all about hustling during the hours you aren’t at your day job, so that you can eventually leave your day job and work for yourself full-time. He realizes the importance of a steady paycheck when building your own business and recommends building it on the side before making the plunge into full-time entrepreneur. The show covers a variety of topics, with most relating to online passive income, and guests from diverse areas of entrepreneurship. With more than 165+ episodes, you will find something that hits home for you and makes you want to take the necessary action to quit your day job and be your own boss.

7.) Mixergy Startup Stories – Andrew Warner

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Known for asking tough questions and digging down deep to get the true answer from his guests, Andrew Warner has interviewed more than 1,000+ entrepreneurs by sharing their stories of success and failure with his large audience. After founding a successful startup in his early 20’s, Andrew set out to share the collective knowledge of the startup communities most talented and intelligent founders through his platform Mixergy. Out of all the podcasters out there, I would say Andrew has the best guest lineup, with features from Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank), Andrew Mason (Groupon), Noah Kagan (AppSumo), Seth Godin (Best-selling Author), Drew Houston (Dropbox), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), and many more. At first, his personality is a little off-putting, but after a few episodes you will start to warm up to him, at least that’s how I was at first.

8.) The EntreLeadership Podcast – Ken Coleman (Ramsey Solutions)

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Courtesy of: entreleadership.com

Highlighting one of the most important areas of business and entrepreneurship, Ken Coleman and guests discuss the impact that we have as leaders in this world. They share stories and give advice on making yourself a better leader, and ultimately a greater entrepreneur. With backing by Dave Ramsey, a personal finance guru, author, and radio host, the EntreLeadership Podcast relays a clear vision of what is takes to successfully lead your business to greatness. The list of guest appearances is spectacular and includes leaders like Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks Owner & Serial Entrepreneur), Jim Collins (All-star Business Consultant, Author, & Speaker), Simon Sinek (Inspirational Author), Darren Hardy (Founder of Success Magazine), and many more.

9.) Starting From Nothing, The Foundation Podcast – Andy Drish

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Everyone starts out at ground zero with an idea. The idea is irrelevant, it is the execution on that idea that actually matters and what will make or break an entrepreneur. There is a reason why there is a saying, “Ideas are a dime a dozen.” On the Starting From Nothing Podcast, sponsored by The Foundation, and hosted by Andy Drish, they talk with entrepreneurs who have been there and done that, starting both small and massive businesses from absolutely nothing. Regardless of experience, credibility, money, and time, this podcast gives you enough motivation and help to stop making excuses and start taking action on your idea today.

10.) MWF Motivation – Rob Dial

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Courtesy of: Apple iTunes

Knowing that we are all flawed human beings with constant need for personal and physical improvement, Rob Dial recently launched his motivation podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, hence the name MWF Motivation. This podcast is less about entrepreneurship and more about creating the best version of yourself. It has skyrocketed up the new and noteworthy charts of iTunes and the nearly 100 episodes have been packed full of “the kick in the ass” that you need. I enjoy listening to Rob’s passion as he sounds like he truly cares about helping others and not just himself, like the majority of individuals in the world we live in. If you need an extra boost, I recommend subscribing to his show.

Not Enough Time in the Day? Cut Out This ONE Thing to Achieve Extraordinary Results

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We’ve all been there. You wake up in a rush, take a quick shower, throw on some clothes, and grab a granola bar on the way out the door to work. You get to work and are slammed with task after task until it’s finally 5pm and you jump in our car to rush home for dinner and household work activities. It seems like we’re always in a rush somewhere and that there is never enough time in the day to get everything done. But what are you truly spending your free time on?

In 2014, the average American spent 2 hours per day on household work activities, such as cutting the lawn, cleaning the house, cooking, and financial management. These tasks are a part of our work day, so let’s add those to the 8 hours spent at our day job, for a total work day of 10 hours. These same people also had 6 hours per day available for leisure activities, which included socializing, exercising, and watching TV. Of those 6 “free” hours, the average person spent nearly half of that time watching TV. That is 3 FREAKING hours of sitting your ass on the couch and staring at a screen, compared to only 2 hours of exercising and 1 hour of socializing. Am I the only one that is stunned by this?!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hourly breakdown of an average American looks something like this:

  • (8) Hours – Sleep
  • (8) Hours – Work
  • (2) Hours – Household Activities (lawn maintenance, household cleaning, cooking, financial management)
  • (2) Hours – Exercising
  • (1) Hour – Socializing
  • (3) Hours – Watching TV

To say there is not enough time in the day to get things done, but then to sit and watch 3 hours of TV is ludicrous. There is plenty of time in each day, you just choose to waste it. Instead of watching TV, spend 1 hour of that time reading a book, another hour practicing a new hobby, and the last hour working on a new business idea. Or heck, here is a whole list of activities that can productively supplement your TV time. Congratulations, you just turned 3 unproductive hours into 3 productive hours, and you still have your 2 hours of exercise and 1 hour of socializing. Doing this on a daily basis will have a profound impact on your life, which you will notice almost immediately. I challenge you to scale down and eventually eliminate your “TV time.”

As a side note, of those 24 hours we have each day as seen above, we actually spend 4.7 hours on our phones. So where is that time being taken away from? Are we really “working” productively, or are we checking our Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. every 15 minutes? Are we truly “exercising” for 2 solid hours, or are we sending emails and calendar invites? Are we actually even “watching TV,” or are we just sitting in front of the TV, but have our attention focused on our smartphone screen? As technology continues to become more ingrained in our daily lives, we need to find ways to productively integrate it to the point where we consume it, before it consumes us. I will save this topic for another day.

My Question of the Day: How much time do you spend watching TV every day?

Please respond below in the comments!

Finding Your Happy Place

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Close your eyes. Imagine you’re anywhere in the world, doing whatever you want. Your bills are paid for, you have a roof over your head, and your stomach is full. You’re with the people that you care about and that love you the most. The weather is the perfect temperature and the views are breathtaking.The birds are chirping and there is a slight breeze running across your face. You’re performing your favorite activity and have the biggest smile on your face.  Where are you and what are you doing? 

Now open your eyes. Does your current reality look anything like the image visualization we just did? Are you in your happy place? If not, what do you need to do to get there?

The majority of us live our life far from our happy place, but yet we do nothing to change our circumstances. We are weighed down by prior commitments. Decisions we made in the past, but are now paying for, whether that be physically or mentally. Commitments to school, to work, to pay our car loan, to pay our mortgage, to social gatherings, to family obligations, etc. How did we arrive to these commitments in the first place? What made us say yes and put our money where our mouth was?

For me, these prior commitments have forced me to make further future decisions that I never intended on making or wanted to make. Because I went to a good university, and only received a small amount of financial aid, I was forced to take out student loans to pay for my tuition. While taking out this money, like many college graduates, I never thought of the implications that some day I would have to pay it back. At the time, it was “free” money. I committed to something by saying yes, and then made later career and life decisions based on this financial commitment. Because I had to meet certain financial commitments each month due to student loan debt and other financial commitments, I made a career decision based on what my expenses were, not based on what type of work I enjoy performing. This can induce a domino effect until we feel trapped into a box that we can’t break out of. But the good news is there is always a way out.

We need to reverse engineer the arrival to our Happy Place, from that magical moment that we are worry free and truly happy, to where we are currently. This is a marathon, not a sprint, so we will focus on making small improvements each day and let those build upon each other until we arrive at our final destination.

  1. Identify the ONE thing in your life that is currently making you unhappy.
    1. This could be your current job, your physical health, your mental capacity, your income, etc.
  2. What ONE action brought you to this point of unhappiness?
    1. You could say you chose a career you’re not passionate about, that you don’t have enough time to cook at home, that you party too much, that you have trouble saving money, etc.
  3. What is the ONE thing that you can do today, that by doing so, everything else will be easier or unnecessary? (I personally recommend reading “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, this book had a profound impact on my current thinking)
    1. You could network with professionals in the field you are passionate about by reaching out to them on LinkedIn, start grocery shopping on Sundays and meal prep for the work week, limit your drinking to one glass of wine per week, write down every penny you spend to better understand your financial situation, etc.

By reverse engineering each aspect of our life that is causing unhappiness, we are able to break it down piece by piece to arrive at a solution to the root cause of the problem. With a daily focus on improvement, these changes although small, can trigger a compound effect that can result in extraordinary changes in our physical and mental health, allowing us to live in our Happy Place.

I have lived much of my life unhappily because of choices that I have made in the past and have been forced to live with those consequences. But today, I have chosen to find my Happy Place and live my life on my own terms, not someone else’s.

My Happy Place is being able to travel around the world, soaking in diverse cultures, languages, and ways of life, while building and growing a location independent lifestyle business that allows me complete control and freedom over my personal and work life.

Question of the Day: What is your Happy Place?

Please share your Happy Place in the comments below or on the Facebook post, I would love to hear from you!

Why I Quit My Job and Moved to Medellin, Colombia

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Have you ever felt so stressed out when you woke up in the morning that you felt sick to your stomach? Just the thought of getting up out of bed, putting on your work uniform, and making the morning commute weighing down on you like a ton of bricks. The inability to have control over what you do with your time during the day because you are a slave to the corporate system. Being forced to beat to the drum of someone else’s song as you march in formation in the back of the line. Following systems and processes set by someone in a comfy headquarters office, whom have no idea what type of impact their actions have on your daily work life. Buying into a mission statement that you no longer believe in like you once did. I have been there, as I am certain many of you have as well, and I woke up one day and said enough is enough.

I have not always worked in Corporate America. Ever since I can remember, I have been an entrepreneur and hustler. I started working at my parent’s 7-11 convenience store around the age of 5 years old and use to go to work with them at 5am before I would go to school. There I learned the importance of making personal connections with your customers because they have plenty of other options when it comes to getting what they need, but make a lasting personal impression and they will keep coming back to you no matter how long the commute.

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Early mornings at my parent’s 7-11 stores taught me a lot of invaluable life lessons.

I use to ride my bike to garage sales throughout the surrounding neighborhoods and find things that were underpriced, and then go home and sell them on eBay at a profit. I learned that the market often does not know the true value of what it is selling and that if I could be more educated than than those in the market, I could generate a significant profit. I later used this same strategy in trading stocks and options, by researching companies and finding out information that I believed that market did not know and then trading on this information, all completely legal by the way. Trading also came with plenty of tough lessons, there were plenty of days when trading options that my “bets” went to zero and were completely worthless. I lived and learned from these mistakes, and took these learning experiences with me.

I would buy trading cards of baseball prospects during the offseason and spring training, after doing thorough research, with the hopes that they would make the big league team for the season and their value would go up once they were a household name. This taught me the value of patience, that the greatest rewards come to those who get in early and are patient enough to wait until the timing is right. Sometimes I would cash in when the player made it to the big leagues and “knocked it out the park” (pun intended), and other days my purchases were worthless once the player went bust after one year of minor league ball.

Started hustling at a young age. Who didn't have a lemonade stand at one time or another?
Started hustling at a young age. Who didn’t have a lemonade stand at one time or another?

I could go on and on with different entrepreneurial endeavors, but my point is this. The world is my classroom, not some 27ft x 23ft box with 15 desks and a chalkboard. I have learned more from my daily experiences, interactions, and failures than any course or teacher has ever taught me. I can only imagine where I would be today if I would have spent an hour a day, five days a week, with a business mentor instead of listening to some teacher ramble on about Geometry or History, which are important but not in the way our education system teaches us.

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My first day of school, so excited and ready to conquer the world! Where did that feeling go? It never left, it was just suppressed.

Instead, I went through “the system” and went to a university that I couldn’t afford, which caused me to take out student loans that I am still paying for, and to choose a job that I wasn’t passionate about based on the necessity to earn a certain amount of income. Before graduating high school, I chose to study Finance for my degree because I thought I would like it and make me lots of money, which I quickly realized I did not like, so I switched to Economics and found out it was equally unenjoyable. Finally, after a few trips to my Academic Advisor, I stumbled upon Hospitality Business, which came natural to me and was something I enjoyed learning about.

The real turning point in my life came when I was 20 years old and still a student at Michigan State University, I enrolled myself in a five month study abroad program in Ecuador. Before then, I had never been out of the country for more than a week vacation. This experience forever changed me. I realized there was much more to life than what was “normal” in the United States. I love my country, but I believe in the U.S. we live for things, instead of experiences. It’s all about who has the nicest car, biggest house, most trendy clothing, and most extravagant vacation. That may be what many people want to chase, but I refuse to live for these things, I choose to live for experiences.

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Travel as much as you can, for as long as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place. Go out and see the world today!

In Ecuador, I learned to enjoy the little pleasures in life, such as sitting down to eat lunch with my “family,” that a bus can get you where you need to go just as easily as having your own car and you’d be surprised how much you can get done when not having to focus on driving in traffic, and that the greatest joys can come from the smallest things. This is how life is meant to be lived. From that point on, I was corrupted. I knew I would never be able to accept the “normal” life in the United States.

After having the time of my life living and studying in Ecuador, I came back to the U.S. as a changed person. I no longer enjoyed the same things I use to and I was more focused on experiencing life through travel. I continued working jobs in the bar and restaurant industry that summer and the following school year as I finished my Hospitality Business degree at Michigan State University. That entire year, I had a seed planted in my head of backpacking South America and that I was going to do it no matter what.

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I did it! Proud to be a Spartan!!

In May of 2014, after graduating from MSU, I set off to Brazil during the World Cup with a one-way ticket and a backpack. I couchsurfed, volunteered, and travelled down the coast from Salvador to Florianopolis, taking in everything Brazil had to offer over three months. I then took a flight over to Bolivia and began making my way up north through Peru, Ecuador, and finally Colombia over the next four months. Before I knew it, my seven month backpacking journey was over and I had spent all of my savings and then some. I hated to admit it, but I had to go back home and join the same system I had always told myself I wouldn’t be a part of, Corporate America, the 9-5 rat race.

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Experience something greater than yourself!

I spent a month living in my parent’s basement while looking at employment options. After searching for a few weeks, I was given the opportunity to join an international car-rental company that specialized in offering luxury cars at economy prices. It was a paid management trainee program with housing covered for the first six months and a company car during employment. It was a great opportunity for me to gain great management experience while cutting down on my mounting expenses. I never dreamed of being in the car-rental industry before, nor planned on staying long, but I had to take advantage of the opportunity presented to me at the time. I knew it was to be a building block for the next great adventure in my life.

Over the next four months, I busted my ass day in and day out to prove to my superiors that I was ready for my own branch, and made all the necessary connections and moves to make it happen. Then, one day I got the call that I was waiting for, I was being placed at one of our new international airport locations in Florida. It felt great to have my hard work recognized and rewarded. It was everything I had been working for. My goal had been achieved, now what?

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Invest your time, talent, energy, and resources in experiences, not things. Experiences hold their value over time, while things depreciate in value.

With my branch being a new corporate location, it came with plenty of hurdles. I inherited a dilapidated building that was being (literally) uprooted by a 100+ year old oak tree, a car wash that was constantly needing daily maintenance, a parking lot that had pot holes to be filled in with sealcoating and re-striping, new phone and internet lines that had to be ran underneath the granite tiles, the purchase of new office and kitchen furniture, an overflow parking lot that was less than desirable due to fire-ant infestation, striking employees from previous management, and much more. It felt like a startup environment and I enjoyed having an impact by creating something from nothing. But after some time, the allure of what I was doing wore off, and I started to feel like a Building Manager that was constantly putting out fires rather than an Operations Manager that was building and growing the business. I enjoy tackling challenges and improving operational efficiencies, but after awhile the daily stress of solving these issues, coupled with the high-turnover rate of employees, was more than I wanted to handle at the time. As the days, weeks, and months passed, I was becoming more stressed and less motivated with my work. I felt trapped in a life that was not mine, living in the body of someone I didn’t know.

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Over the year I worked in Corporate America, I followed a handful of entrepreneurs and business leaders through podcasts, blog posts, books, and video interviews. These people were my daily motivation to keep pushing through an unenjoyable situation, because I knew it was necessary to get to where I wanted to be, which was location independence with complete control and freedom over my personal and work life. These individuals like: Tim Ferriss, Lewis Howes, Pat Flynn, Nick Loper, Chris Guthrie, Ryan Moran, Gary Vaynerchuck, Cody McKibben, Sean Ogle, John Lee Dumas, and many more, helped open my eyes to a world of making a living on the internet, free from a morning commute, suit & tie, and cubicle office. We live in the greatest time in the history of mankind, in terms of freedom and control over our lives, with the opportunities that are available through the internet and open lines of communication. No longer are we stuck to one location and forced to make the morning commute Monday-Friday and to hit rush-hour traffic at 5pm. We have the opportunity to live and work anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. After studying the successes and failures of countless entrepreneurs who have made the jump into entrepreneurship and location independence, I knew I had to take a chance. What is the worst that could happen, I return home and get another 9-5 job? Yeah, that wouldn’t be preferable, but trying and failing is better than not trying at all. 

After contemplating and running through the scenario over and over in my head, I finally took the plunge into the unknown and on the morning of March 18th, 2016, the day I was suppose to leave for a 10 day vacation to Colombia, I confided in my Regional Manager that I could no longer take it anymore and needed a change in my life. I expressed my frustrations and she wholeheartedly understood where I was coming from, as she has worked in the industry 25+ years and had previously warned me during multiple conversations that the car rental industry is tough, asking me “are you sure this is what you want to get into?” But it all seemed like a great goal to shoot for early on, with the opportunity to take on a large amount of responsibility and gain invaluable operational management experience as a Branch Manager of a large international airport location with 800+ cars and 15+ employees after only 4-6 months of training. I worked my ass of to get to that point, 60+ hour weeks, with often 12-15 hour days. I was driven to achieve my goals until finally I realized I wasn’t chasing MY goals, I was chasing the goals put into my head by mainstream America.

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Excited to call Colombia my home for the next few months! 🙂

After committing to put in my notice at my job, they decided it would be better for them to just let me go to avoid having to pay any vacation time that was earned if I was going to be leaving once I came back anyways. I am unsure if I quit or if I was fired, but either way, I am finally free to pursue my passions of travel and entrepreneurship. So what was once a 10 day vacation, has now turned into a ~3 month abroad experience where I will be living in and working from Medellin, Colombia. I will be building out a community of like-minded “travelpreneurs” and highlighting their successes and failures in audio podcasts and video interviews, along with article features. This will be my main focus during this time, but I will also be working on a few different smaller projects as well to diversify my portfolio.

I can honestly say this is the happiest I have been in awhile and I know this is the right move for me at this moment. I can finally focus on my personal and professional growth here as I have cut my living expenses 60-70%, and take the necessary time to plan the next move in my adventurous life. I am looking forward to seeing where I go from here and hope to share my experience with you all as I venture off into the unknown.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally at Drew@TheTravelpreneurClub.com or by leaving a comment below, I would love to hear from you!